2014 Ridge Vineyards "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot SKU #1295770

Price: $49.99

VN 92 JD 91
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  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    A sumptous, nuanced and elegant Merlot from one of California's best producers. Those who have tasted Ridge's other offerings are familiar with their focus and quality of fruit, but this Merlot is outstanding in the portfolio. Unfolding flavors and aromas of dark chocolate, black cherry, cassis and mountain blackberry are balanced by an elegant acidity and a fine grained yet very present tannin. The overall impression of this wine is it is plush, yet restrained, and is certainly ready to drink now, but will also age nicely for those who like to cellar.
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    I believe the Ridge Merlot is one of the most understated and possibly under-appreciated wines in the winery's Estate lineup. Wine-drinkers unfortunately often have a stigma against Merlot, especially from California, but it is truly a noble grape with so much potential. This wine reminds me of some of the best Right Bank Bordeaux I've tasted, though with elements entirely its own. The wine is dark, luscious and silky, with velvety tannins and elegant, perfumed aromas. However, it certainly does not lack for structure, and, like its French counterparts, will absolutely benefit from some time in the cellar.


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